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2016-17 Season Recap

Top Team Notes:

  • Buffalo’s power play finished the season at a league-best 24.5 percent success rate, marking the second time in franchise history that the Sabres have led the league in power-play percentage (1991-92 – 22.5%). It ranks as the third-best conversion rate in franchise history and the 15th-best by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.
  • The Sabres got at least 10 wins from two different goaltenders (Lehner – 23, Nilsson – 10) for the first time since the 2006-07 season (Miller – 40, Biron – 12) and had two goaltenders with at least five games played log a save percentage of .920 or better for the first time in franchise history (Nilsson – .923, Lehner – .920).
  • Buffalo’s goaltenders combined to post a .921 save percentage this season, marking the fourth-best team rate in the league this season and the fifth-best in franchise history:

    Team

    Goaltenders

    SV%

    CBJ

    Bobrovsky, Korpisalo, McElhinney, Forsberg

    .925

    WSH

    Holtby, Grubauer

    .925

    MTL

    Price, Montoya, Lindgren

    .921

    BUF

    Lehner, Nilsson, Ullmark

    .921

    Season

    Goaltenders

    SV%

    1998-99

    Hasek, Roloson, Biron

    .930

    1997-98

    Hasek, Shields

    .928

    1996-97

    Hasek, Shields, Trefilov

    .926

    2009-10

    Miller, Lalime, Enroth

    .924

    2016-17

    Lehner, Nilsson, Ullmark

    .921

Top Player Notes:

Jack Eichel

  • At 20 years of age, Jack Eichel became just the fifth player in franchise history to lead the team (or tie for the team lead) in points before his 21st birthday:
    • 1970-71: Gilbert Perreault
    • 1971-72: Rick Martin
    • 1988-89: Pierre Turgeon
    • 1989-90: Pierre Turgeon
  • Jack Eichel’s .93 points per game this season ranked him 11th among NHL skaters with at least 20 games played and were the most by a Sabre under the age of 21 since Pierre Turgeon (1.33) in 1989-90.
  • From Feb. 14 to March 7, Jack Eichel recorded a career-best 11-game point streak (5+11) that tied as the fourth-longest streak in the NHL in 2016-17 and was the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.
    • The streak included a nine-game assist streak from Feb. 14 to March 4 that stands as the longest assist streak in the league this season.
  • The Sabres were 14-2-0 this season (22-5-1 in his career) when Jack Eichel recorded at least two points.

Brian Gionta

  • Brian Gionta appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on March 27 vs. Florida, becoming the 312th NHL player (23rd active player) to play in 1,000 games. He was also the 43rd American player to reach the milestone and the 10th player to do so as a member of the Sabres.
    • With his goal in the game, Gionta became the third Sabres player to score in his 1,000th NHL game, joining Gilbert Perreault (1/29/1984 vs. Pittsburgh) and Phil Russell (3/12/1986 at Chicago).

Evander Kane

  • With 25 even-strength goals in 70 games this season, Evander Kane finished the season ranked ninth in the league with .36 even-strength goals per game. It was the best rate by any Sabre since Jason Pominville scored 30 even-strength goals in 82 games (.37) in the 2006-07 season.

Matt Moulson

  • Matt Moulson finished the season tied for 11th in the league with 11 power-play goals. It was his highest total since the 2011-12 season and the most by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford each recorded 11 in 2010-11.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked fifth in the league and set a career high with a faceoff win percentage of 58.0 percent. It was the fourth-best season by a Sabres center since the league began publishing faceoff percentage in 1997-98:
    • Paul Gaustad – 59.8% (2010-11)
    • Chris Gratton – 58.9% (2002-03)
    • Chris Drury – 58.8% (2006-07)
    • Ryan O’Reilly – 58.0% (2016-17)
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:27) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game for the second consecutive season.

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • At 26:23, Rasmus Ristolainen averaged the most ice time by a Sabres skater in a full season with the team since Alexei Zhitnik (26:33) in 2002-03.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s 24 power-play assists tied for fourth-most in the league this season and tied for 21st-most in a season in franchise history.  It was the highest total by a Sabres defenseman since Garry Galley logged 28 on the 1995-96 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded an assist on 20.2 percent of his teammates’ goals this season, joining Phil Housley (22.6% in 1989-90) as just the second Sabres defenseman ever to recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals in a season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s 39 assists tied him for seventh among all NHL defensemen this season and were the 19th-most by a defenseman in franchise history. Only one other Sabres defenseman in the last 20 years has matched this mark (Brian Campbell, 42 assists in 2006-07).

 

Post-Season Press Conferences

General Manager Tim Murray

Head Coach Dan Bylsma

 

Locker Room Clean-Out Interviews
Brian Gionta

Rasmus Ristolainen

Robin Lehner

Ryan O’Reilly

Sam Reinhart

Jake McCabe

Evander Kane

Johan Larsson

Cody Franson

Tyler Ennis

Anders Nilsson

Marcus Foligno

Zemgus Girgensons

Zach Bogosian

Evan Rodrigues

Matt Moulson

William Carrier

Josh Gorges

Jack Eichel

 

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres ranked in the top 10)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.5% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 279 hits (5th)
  • Kane: 3.7 S/GP (5th)
  • Nilsson: .933 EV SV% (6th), .923 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:27 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 58.0 FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (T-4th), 26:28 TOI/GP (5th), 39 A (T-7th, defensemen)

 

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 5-5-0 (10), 21/23, 7/18, 21/24
81-82: 0-2-0 (0), 2/7, 0/3, 6/7

 

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan, 2:26)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene, 0:29)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson, 2:38)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:57)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:42)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane, 0:56)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo, 4:34)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian, 1:48)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 2:35)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider, 3:56)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane, 1:05)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg, 2:45)

 

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 69-64 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

Post-Game Report: 3/11 vs. CBJ

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blue Jackets
(43-18-6)
3 0 0 3 36
Sabres
(28-29-12)
0 3 2 5 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s win was the Sabres’ first regulation win in a game in which they trailed by three or more goals since Dec. 29, 2009 vs. Pittsburgh (4-3 win).
  • With the last five goals tonight, the Sabres scored five or more unanswered goals for the first time since Dec. 26, 2015 at Boston (6-3 win).
  • With his goal, Jake McCabe has a point in each of his last two games against Columbus and six points (2+4) in his last eight games overall.
  • Matt Moulson now has 10 power-play goals this season. It’s the second-highest total of his career and the most he’s had since 2011-12 (14).
  • Evander Kane’s two-point night gives him nine points (5+4) in his last seven games against the Blue Jackets.
  • With two points tonight, Jack Eichel now has six points (2+4) in five career games against Columbus.
    • Eichel leads the league in points (25) and assists (19) since the beginning of February.
    • Eichel has 29 points (11+18) in 25 home games this season, including nine multi-point outings.
    • The Sabres are now 12-2-0 this season (and 21-5-0 in Eichel’s career) when he has at least two points.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blue Jackets
Korpisalo L .867 4.06
Sabres Nilsson
Lehner

W
.750
1.000
9.09
0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blue Jackets Korpisalo 5-3-0 .909 2.82
Sabres Nilsson
Lehner
9-9-4
19-20-8
.917
.921
2.84
2.66

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella

Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno

Blue Jackets forward Sam Gagner

Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo

Post-Game Report: 2/28 vs. NSH

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Predators
(32-22-9)
1 1 2 1 5 41
Sabres
(26-26-11)
2 1 1 0 4 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With his goal, Evander Kane now ranks sixth in the NHL with 21 even-strength goals this season despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
    • Kane’s current pace of .412 even-strength goals per game is the highest by any Sabre with at least 15 games played since Alexander Mogilny’s franchise-best mark in 1992-93 (.636).
  • With his 13th goal of the season, Brian Gionta has surpassed his total from last year through 16 fewer games played.
  • Jack Eichel (assist) now has 16 points (2+14) in February, tying Patrick Kane for second in the NHL during that span.
  • With his first career multi-point game (1+1), Jake McCabe has matched his career-best point total from last season (14) in 19 fewer games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Predators
Rinne W .875 3.82
Sabres Lehner O .878 4.78

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Predators Rinne 25-15-6 .914 2.55
Sabres Lehner 17-18-7 .922 2.63

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette

Predators forward Filip Forsberg

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban

Post-Game Report: 1/16 vs. DAL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Stars
(18-19-8)
1 0 0 1 32
Sabres
(17-17-9)
2 1 1 4 29

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres improved to 8-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last six games (5-0-1) and wins in each of their last five home games against the West.
  • Tyler Ennis scored just 19 seconds into his return to the lineup after missing 30 games with a groin injury.
    • Ennis now has eight points (4+4) in his last seven games against the Stars.
  • Jake McCabe logged his first goal since March 29, 2016 at Pittsburgh. It was his first career power-play goal and his first career game-winning goal.
  • Jack Eichel’s power-play goal came on his eighth shot of the game, tying a career high. Eichel finished the game with 10 shots, setting the team’s single-game high for the season.
    • Eichel also set a career high with 13 faceoff wins, going 13-for-19 (68.4%).
    • Eichel also scored two goals tonight. The Sabres have improved to 18-7-2 (.704) in Eichel’s career when he scores a goal and 13-3-1 (.794) when he tallies two or more points in a game.
  • Sam Reinhart earned his 19th assist of the season on Eichel’s goal, matching his total from the entire 2015-16 season.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Stars Lehtonen L .969 1.00
Sabres Lehner W .893 3.16

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Stars Lehtonen 9-12-4 .898 2.88
Sabres Lehner 10-12-5 .922 2.48

Post-Game Audio

Stars head coach Lindy Ruff

Stars forward Patrick Sharp

Stars forward Jamie Benn

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Post-Game Report: 1/7 vs. WPG

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Jets
(19-20-3)
1 2 0 3 35
Sabres
(15-15-9)
1 0 3 4 36

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Buffalo has now won four straight games against Winnipeg/Atlanta for the first time since the Sabres defeated the Thrashers in four straight from Feb. 16, 2004 to Jan. 31, 2006.
  • The Sabres have improved to 7-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last four games (4-0-1) and wins in each of their last four home games against the West.
  • Brian Gionta, who has now scored in each of Buffalo’s two games against Winnipeg this season,  is now tied for the team lead with eight even-strength goals this season.
  • With a goal and an assist, Ryan O’Reilly now has 13 points (4+9) in his last 14 games, including four (1+3) in two games since returning to the lineup following an appendectomy that sidelined him for four games.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded the lone assist on O’Reilly’s goal, improving his output to nine points (2+7) in his last nine games.
    • Reinhart now has six points (4+2) in four career games against Winnipeg.
  • With his goal, Marcus Foligno now has a goal in consecutive games and has a point in each of his last three home games (2+1).
  • Zemgus Girgensons’ goal gives him a point in each of his last three games against the Jets (1+2).
    • Matt Moulson’s assist on the goal gives him seven points (1+6) in his last seven home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged a career-high 30:22 of ice time today.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Jets Hellebuyck L .889 4.10
Sabres Lehner W .914 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Jets Hellebuyck 15-13-1 .910 2.75
Sabres Lehner 9-12-5 .921 2.53

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Marcus Foligno

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Jets head coach Paul Maurice

Jets forward Mark Scheifele

Jets forward Drew Stafford

Jets forward Blake Wheeler